TOYOTA, 24 Sep - Wales winger Josh Adams is anticipating the biggest week of his rugby career as he prepares to face Australia in a crunch Pool D game on Sunday.
The Cardiff Blues flier knows whoever wins the encounter at Tokyo Stadium will almost certainly win the pool and potentially avoid a quarter-final with England, who are favourites to top Pool C.
Adams took his try tally to five tries in just 15 games in the 43-14 victory over Georgia on Monday, but knows that the Wallabies will provide a far tougher test.
"Of course it's massive. Looking at it you could argue Australia is the crunch game, but we have to dust ourselves off first of all," he said.
"This is probably the biggest week of my Wales career.
"We’re pretty disappointed we conceded those two tries against Georgia to be honest with you. I think we were looking to keep them scoreless, but Australia is something to look forward to.
"It’s a six-day turnaround, which is something relatively new to us. We'll manage the week well and look forward to getting out there on Sunday."
Adams was one of the stars of Wales's Grand Slam campaign in the 2019 Six Nations as he scored tries in three successive games against Italy, England and Scotland.
The 24-year-old looks set to be a major player at the World Cup judging by his display against Georgia where he often came inside and used his speed and power to break through the defence.
"It’s hard to say if I feel I really belong at test level. I'm really, really enjoying it and I try not to take things too seriously," Adams said.
"I’m quite a laid-back kind of person so I’m just going to try and keep improving and if I can do that hopefully I’ll be here for a long time.
"I'm here now and have to focus on myself and believe I'm good enough. I need to try and put my best foot forward."
Wales edged out Australia 9-6 the last time they met in Cardiff in November 2018 to end a run of 13 successive defeats to the Wallabies.
But after beating Australia in their first encounter at the RWC in the bronze final of 1987, Wales have since lost five times in succession to them on the game's biggest stage.
"We know what it takes to beat them, of course. But they've got some outstanding players and big threats over the ball so that’s going to be a massive focus for us this week – getting over the ball.
"In the second half of the Georgia game we were a bit weak over the ball and got pushed off a couple of times.
"That’s going to be a big emphasis for us with (David) Pocock and (Michael) Hooper so we need to tighten up that contact area and change that point of contact area that will be important."